Rosa Muerta / ARCO mais


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© Paulo Goulart
  • Architects: ARCO mais
  • Location: Rabo de Peixe, Açores, Portugal
  • Lead Architects: Paulo Lima, Chiara Bettelli
  • Area: 76.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Paulo Goulart
  • Engineering: Clife Braga, Paulo Bandarra

© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart

From the architect. Situated on the northern side of S.Miguel Island, the plot has an open view over the sorrounding fields and woods.


© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart

The client expressed a desire of openness and harmony with nature, and very little concerns about how he would like the interior of the house, except from the wish of including memories of old travels through some objects.


Floor Plan

Floor Plan

The design keeps the action of building minimal, as aethereal as possible when working with concrete, shaping a simple frame and the border between inside and outside, giving it flexibility.


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© Paulo Goulart

So we designed and built a floating concrete box. The concrete frame does not touch the ground, and the living space is separated from the outside only through a set of sliding glass panels.


Cross Section

Cross Section

In a plot sorrounded by high stone walls, the building is located next to the western end, with no relation with the street, becoming almost invisible from it.


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© Paulo Goulart

The tension created on the west side between wall and construction gives to the in-between space a sense of intimacy, enough to define it as a garden, in opposition to the rest of the plot.


© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart

From the outside, the building materializes itself through light and shadows, its mass and presence appearing and desappearing with a change of wiewpoint or the mere passage of a cloud.


© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart

The interior space of the house, taken to the essential, develops into the sleeping area and the living, separated by a functional block including storage, kitchen and the restroom: a box inside the box.

Living room and bedroom find an extension on the ouside under the roof slab.


© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart

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